Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Dance of the Chromosomes

The lab of Whitehead Institute Member David Page investigates how specialized cells in the ovaries or testes start a remarkable type of cell division called meiosis in order to form egg or sperm cells. In this image, the cells outlined in red in this mouse testis are organizing and dividing their strand-like chromosomes (green) during meiosis. 

Image by Mina Kojima/Whitehead Institute

COVID-19 Information

June 1, 2020

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FEATURED


APRIL 7, 2020

BEYOND THE LAB BENCH: A LOOK AT THE TRADITIONS THAT MAKE WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE UNIQUE

Going the distance: running at Whitehead Institute


APRIL 1, 2020

INTRODUCING BIONOOK

Whitehead Institute's new resource for students, parents, and teachers.


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January 28, 2020

VIDEO: Winter 2020 Research Highlights from Whitehead Institute

In this video, learn about new findings by researchers in the Young, Sabatini, Page, Weng, Jaenisch, and Bartel labs.


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February 26, 2020

MULTIMEDIA FEATURE: UNUSUAL LABMATES: Biology All-STARS

Discover how graduate student Zak Swartz in Whitehead Institute Member Iain Cheeseman's lab uses colorful bat stars to study how cells divide.


PODCAST

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APRIL 2, 2020

BioGenesis podcast: SOPHIA XU OF THE WENG LAB ON MODERN SCIENCE AND ANCIENT EASTERN HERBAL MEDICINE

BioGenesis Season 2 features stories of converging paths, starting with Sophia Xu, a graduate student in Jing-Ke Weng’s lab, whose research explores the convergence of modern scientific methods and ancient Eastern herbal remedies.

In the News

May 28, 2020

Cellular players get their moment in the limelight

Whitehead Institute researchers have expanded their set of tools for investigating individual organelles, providing a new level of accuracy and detail to the study of cell metabolism.

May 20, 2020

Where there's a will, there might need to be a new scientific way

When Whitehead Institute researchers don’t have the tools to answer their questions, they build them.

May 5, 2020

Making medicine runs in the family

A family of enzymes in plants plays an important role in the production of many medicines. Whitehead Institute researchers discovered how the enzymes in this family diversified to produce so many different molecules, and demonstrated how this knowledge could be used to engineer novel plant-based medicines.

Tiny green HIV viruses surround a pink blood cell.

May 6, 2020

HIV genome bends over backwards to help virus take over cells

Differently shaped RNA molecules allow HIV to express different genes from the same RNA sequence

Announcements

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June 4, 2020

STEM CELL RESEARCHER YUKIKO YAMASHITA JOINS WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE

The internationally renowned developmental biologist will be the inaugural incumbent of the Susan Lindquist Chair for Women in Science at Whitehead Institute.


Kristina Lopez stands smiling under blooming trees

June 3, 2020

GRADUATE STUDENT KRISTINA LOPEZ RECEIVES FORD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP

The award aims to encourage diversity in college and university faculties by supporting graduate students. 


May 20, 2020

SARAH KEOHANE WILLIAMSON IS NAMED CHAIR OF WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Plus three new directors are announced: Susan Hockfield, Dennis Langer, and Churchill Franklin


May 18, 2020

Whitehead Fellow Kipp Weiskopf awarded grant to investigate treatments for COVID-19

Weiskopf will be studying how existing FDA-approved drugs could be repurposed to reduce the severity and mortality of the disease.


Group photo of Brit d’Arbeloff and David Page (both seated) with Page lab postdoctoral fellow Adrianna San Roman (left) and Sahin Naqvi (rear), then a Page lab graduate student and now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

January 9, 2020

WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE RECEIVES $10 MILLION GIFT TO STUDY SEX CHROMOSOMES’ IMPACT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH AND DISEASE

The gift establishes the Brit Jepson d’Arbeloff Center on Women's Health within the Institute’s Sex Differences in Health and Disease Initiative.


Whitehead Institute Director-Elect Ruth Lehmann

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

RUTH LEHMANN ELECTED AS DIRECTOR OF WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE

Lehmann, a world renowned developmental and cell biology researcher, will be Whitehead Institute’s fifth Director.

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